Mu doesn’t especially like to have his picture taken, but he is a good sport, usually. I have about 10,000 pictures of him, so he has learned to be patient. I have a folder on my phone labeled Best, and every day I try to add one picture to the album that would qualify as one of my best pictures of my dogs. Today’s pictures were pretty good. I don’t know if they would qualify as Best. Sometimes I have to look at a picture for a while before I decide if it is one of my favorites. Of course, these pictures commemorate the finding of a lost cat, so they have that going for them.
All day, every day, I am looking at pictures of lost cats and dogs, either because someone has asked for our help or because someone posted a picture of a lost dog on the Facebook Group I started, Lost Dogs of King County. Some of the pictures are really great, like they were taken by a professional. Some are basic and clear and utilitarian. Sometimes there will be a post for a lost dog and I have to search the photo to even find the dog. There will be 10 acres of carpet, and a blurry little dog in the corner. Some of the lost dog pictures are a photo of a screenshot of a reprint of a picture, and it can be very difficult to tell what a dog looks like.
Dogs are beautiful. Dogs are family. Currently, I have 73,058 photos and videos on my phone, 99% of which are dogs. Maybe you don’t need 73,058 pictures of your dogs, but I would hope that you could at least have your ten favorite pictures of your dog or dogs. Just because. Just so you can brag about your great dog when you meet a friend for coffee. If your dog or cat should ever go missing, a clear, sharp, simple picture cold be very valuable. Everyone should have a picture of every pet that is simple and clear, against a white background or at least a very plain and uncluttered background, in case it is needed for a lost pet poster. Preferably you should have at least 100 great pictures of your pet so that it is a challenge to pick your ten favorite.
When I take pictures of my dogs, it helps me to really see them. For me, photography is seeing. Sometimes, I don’t really even know what something looks like until I take a picture. In a picture, you can really observe details. In action shots, a photo can show you things that pass too fleetingly to see. I wish I had more pictures of Kelsy, even though I have thousands. Tino has had his picture taken almost every day of his life, and I probably have at least 30,000 of him, which is not too many, in my opinion. Dogs are cute and funny and talented and athletic and dorky, and you can capture all of that in a picture.
I hope everyone would be in the habit of taking pictures of their pets just for fun, but at the very least you should have ten really good pictures of your dog or cat that you can use for bragging at the office, or for a lost pet poster if needed. If you couldn’t put your hands on at least one really sharp, clean, basic picture of your pet that would be easily seen on a lost pet poster, please go take some pictures right now.
Below are ten of my favorite pictures of Mu. I can’t say they are definitely the ten best pictures ever, but they are ten out of my top 100 pictures of him, anyway. More Mu on this page: http://www.3retrievers.com/komu.html